Okay, okay, I know. Everyone and their grandmother are using that as a title of anything talking about Adrian Gonzalez being traded to the Red Sox. It’s not original, but so what. The important thing is that he’s coming to Boston!
They have been trying to acquire him for several years, and even though they didn’t get a contract done, I think this was the right move. They can afford a big contract like Jason Werth got this year or the Yankees gave Mark Teixeira. They aren’t going to bring him in and not sign him. I think they’ll even try to get it done before he becomes a free agent, but maybe that’s just wishful thinking.
The best part was that they didn’t give up any major league players for him. I was sure that either Ryan Kalish or Jacoby Ellsbury would be traded. I want to see both those guys in the lineup this year.
I guess the question is, what happens next? I’m pretty sure that the signing of Jason Varitek means that they are going to go forward with Jarrod Saltalamacchia as the starting catcher. Varitek is the perfect guy to help a young catcher mature, so I think that should be okay.
That leaves the question of the outfield. We have too many of them. I want to see both Ellsbury and Kalish starting next year, but we still have both Drew and Cameron for one more year each. Drew is making around 14 million, I believe, and Cameron is due 7 or8 million. Cameron was hurt all year, and I have no great faith in him anyway. Drew has been good in his years with Boston, but not great. Carl Crawford is still out there. I don’t know if the Sox are still considering making him an offer or not. I’d love to see him in Boston, but for a minute, let’s assume they don’t bring him in, and they do find a way to trade Cameron, since it will be harder to trade Drew with that contract. This is what the Sox lineup might look like this year.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF – L
2. Duston Pedroia – 2B – R
3. Adrian Gonzalez – 1B – L
4. Kevin Younkilis – 3B – R
5. David Ortiz – DH – L
6. J.D. Drew – RF – R
7. Ryan Kalish – LF – L
8. Saltalamacchia/Varitek – C – S
9. Marco Scutaro – SS – R
That’s really not bad. I have to admit though, I would love to have Crawford in the leadoff spot, move Ellsbury to 9th, and Scutaro, Sal/Tek, and Kalish up one spot each.
Their starting pitching is great. Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, and Daisuke Matsuzaka has got to be the best 1-5 rotation in baseball. I know Beckett and Lackey didn’t have great years last year, but I can’t imagine they’ll have two bad ones in a row. Lester and Buchholz were legitimately in the discussion for the Cy Young Award last year, and even with his struggles, Matsuzaka has to be one of the better number five starters in baseball, and has always had the potential to be a twenty game winner.
In relief, although it would have been intriguing if the Sox had signed Mariano Rivera, I think Jonathan Papelbon had a better year last year than people give him credit for. He had a few really bad games, no question, and they were REALLY bad. Other than that though, he pitched very well. Bard in a phenomenal setup man, they resigned Scott Atchison, and they have Wakefield out there to eat up innings and make spot starts if necessary. The question would be the rest of the bullpen and with Hideki Okajima and the newly acquired Taylor Buchholz and Andrew Miller all not being tendered contracts, I don’t have a clue what’s going to happen there.
Tonight is of course the biggest NFL game of the regular season, Patriots and Jets on Monday Night Football. Brady is probably the leading candidate for MVP this year, and his last few games, he’s been playing out of his mind. I expect the Patriots to make a statement tonight, beating the Jets 44-17.
I just got a text from ESPN saying that George Steinbrenner fell short of election to the Hall of Fame. This makes my week. I don’t think I’ve mentioned on this blog how much I hate the New York Yankees. Let’s put it this way, if my hatred of the Yankees was an earthquake it would annihilate the entire east coast of the United States all the way to the Mississippi river.
So, to recap, the Red Sox got Gonzalez, the Patriots (will) pummel the jets tonight, and Steinbrenner isn’t elected to the hall of Fame. That’s what I call an awesome Monday!
I will save my review of the new Japanese Transformers 2010 Predaking Reissue until next week.
Thanks for reading!